Persons with influenza infection are usually contagious a few days before they recognize flu symptoms and up to a week after symptoms disappear.
· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
· Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
· If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread quickly.
· Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active,
manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
· If you come down with respiratory flu-like symptoms such as fever/chills, raw throat, muscle aches, headache or diarrhea, seek medical help and contact your local public health officials.
· Young children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses are at increased risk.
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